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Today coincidently, another beautiful ‘window’ moment presented itself during a fieldvisit where I talked to farmers about  their sheep, sheep production, wool, fodder availability, disease and other sheep related issues.

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Boy in window

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Soviet legacy

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About 85% of the Afghan population is dependent upon agriculture for their livelihood.

Harvest of onions. A field of cotton on the left and in the back maize is grown.

Onion harvest. A field of cotton in the back.

 

Cows grazing on the stubble remaining after harvest

 

Central-asian fat rumped sheep and their herder in search of grazing land

 

Donkeys are used to transport agricultural produce from small holder farms to village and town markets

 

Donkeys are used to transport agricultural produce from small holder farms to village and town markets

 

Roadside fruit stall in Pul-e-Khumri town

 

 

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Ahmad Shah Massoud also known as the ‘Lion of Panjshir’ is considered to be a hero in Afghanistan. His face is depicted everywhere; on huge billboards, posters and even carpets. He fought against the soviets between 1979 and 1989 and also served as the main anti-Taliban and anti-Al Qaeda resistance leader. He played a major part in the so-called Rome process which put into effect an alliance against the Taliban and sought to find a peaceful post-Taliban solution for Afghanistan. Massoud was assassinated in Afghanistan by two Arab suicide bombers, allegedly belonging to Al-Qaeda, on September 9, 2001, two days before the attacks of September 11 that caused the US and NATO to invade Afghanistan.

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Source: Wikipedia & personal communication

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Wool spinning class

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